Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
The pain of defeat was written all over Rob Jubenville’s face.
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Members of the Mount Allison Mounties celebrate their Loney Bowl win over the Saint Marys Huskies.
The Saint Mary’s Huskies all-star defensive lineman’s university career had come to an abrupt end where it started- in front of a packed house at Huskies Stadium. The tears streaming down his face was enough to tell the story.
Who could blame him after the Huskies’ heartbreaking 20-17 defeat at the hands of the Mount Allison Mounties in Saturday afternoon’s Loney Bowl?
“I’m not that dissapointed about the game so much as I am looking back,” said Jubenville, who is moving on after a standout five-year career with the Huskies.
“I’m thinking of all the memories and walking away from it, but we played pretty well today. It was one play here, one play there, that’s about it. That’s football.”
Just when it looked like the Huskies had the AUS championship wrapped up, things fell apart for the home squad in the dying minutes. All inside of two minutes, the Mounties managed an impressive game-tying touchdown drive, and an interception to set up the game-winning field goal with just 53 seconds left in regulation time.
The man who caught the clutch touchdown was Mounties wide receiver Josh Blanchard. The game’s MVP chose to deflect praise for his late game heroics in favour of his teammates.
“I ran down field and hoped for the jump ball, and that’s what happened,” said Blanchard. “Fortunately, I came down with it. It was amazing to see our team come back and get the win.
“We’re fighters. We started the season 1-4 and then won five straight. That tells you the type of team we have, the type of character we have.”
Huskies quarterback Jack Creighton, who rushed for 50 yards, including the Huskies go-ahead touchdown, and threw for 141 yards on 10 of 21 attempts, made no excuses in the loss, which also ended his five year varsity career.
“You know what, it was a mistake at the end by me that cost us,” said Creighton, referring to the critical interception. “They deserved this. Hats off to Mount A. They played us tough…. But, I had a great five years here, great experiences, ups and downs. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I played like it was my last game and at the end of the day it just wasn’t good enough.”
Mount Allison will now host the Laval Rouge et Or in next Saturday’s Uteck Bowl.